Newt Gingrich: Comey Is "Grandstanding And Making Money" With Book Deal, But Still Has Questions To Answer


Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich predicts that James Comey's upcoming book release will be a chance to "educate" the American people, on Wednesday morning's 'Fox & Friends.'

Comey's memoir, A Higher Loyalty, will be available next week.

BRIAN KILMEADE (CO-HOST): They're trying to intimidate him to speak to [special counsel Robert] Mueller or answer his questions. Does this change anything, Newt? What would you recommend the president do?

NEWT GINGRICH (FORMER SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE): I think the president should be calm and go to the country. The president should demand that the Justice Department turn over the documents Congress asked for four months ago. The president should demand that they release the IG [inspector general] report on the deputy who was fired, which they were supposed to do in February. The president should demand that they release the report on [former FBI Director James] Comey. I think when Comey goes on these TV shows, we ought to have a list of questions for him.

The objective reality is Comey is off grandstanding and making money, but the truth is that he didn't do his job in the Bush administration, he colluded with [Sen. Chuck] Schumer to embarass President Bush. The truth is he appointed a special counsel in the Bush administration who ran wild. And the truth is he failed to prosecute the people in the Clinton campaign. And I think we ought to take this as a chance to educate the country about Comey, and again to go back to my course on defending America, that's the whole point. We're supposed to have the rule of law. It ain't the rule of law when they kick in your door at 3:00 in the morning and you're faced with armed men and you have had no reason to be told you're going to have that kind of treatment. That's Stalin. That's the Gestapo in Germany. That shouldn't be the American FBI.

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